Morning comes and a cup of coffee goes down with no time to eat anything.
Afternoon comes and the kids want lunch so you nibble while you make their lunch and grab a chip here and there.
Oh no! It is time to think about what is for dinner so your hubby can have a meal when he gets home.
Again, you are nibbling your way thru the kitchen searching for an easy box to fix…hamburger helper, maybe mac n cheese with some hot dogs thrown in for protein. You grab a soda or a pop and drink it while you are cooking. Then maybe you grab a cookie that you made yesterday for the kids.
Does this sound familiar?
The food and snack might be different but is this what your day might look like? Are you too busy to take the time to feed your body with what God wants you to eat? What is your bread of life?
Christians know that Jesus is our Bread of Life. He is the lamb sacrificed for us so we are saved from our sins. He sustains us and he is truly all the bread we need for our hearts and minds but we still need bread for our bodies to run.
Have you really thought about the bread that goes in to your body to make you live at your best? What food is going into the machine that God lets you take care of on this earth? Are you taking care of your body like it is on loan from God? Are you taking care of and watching what is going in your temple?
As moms we typically worry more about what is going in to our children’s bodies and put ourselves last. As Christians we need to remember that we are the children of God. We need to put healthy food in to these temples and make sure that food and our bodies will glorify God. We need to show God that we are good stewards of our bodies because they were given to us to take care of on earth.
How are you doing with this? I know that I would have been fired by now if God hired me to take care of my body. I have not always done a good job for God. The great thing is that we can change and we can change no matter how old we are. It is never too late. God always give us grace.
Go thru your cupboards and get rid of the junk………the processed…………the sugary………….the unhealthy stuff. An easy place to start is to look at the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce the words or if there are more than five ingredients then it is probably a good idea to pitch it or donate it to a food shelter. If you see high fructose corn syrup, sugar or artificial ingredients then get rid of them. Some will have nothing left and the cupboards will seem bare. Some families will freak out when they see all the “good” food going out the door.
But guess what? You are left with only the healthy and if there is none there, then start with only buying fruits, vegetables, and real meat. Think about Adam and Eve and what they had in the garden to eat. I am thinking there was no McDonald’s or Burger King. I don’t think there was mac n cheese or hamburger helper. I don’t even think they had Oreos or Ruffles.
Start here and try to eat only food that God made and see how it makes you and your family feel after one week. And don’t worry about recipes. Eat the plain whole fruits and vegetables and grill the meat. It doesn’t take any more time than throwing something in the microwave.
And if you have kids that have grown up with junk food, then do what I did……leave one basket with boxed fruit snacks, animal crackers, and cheese fishies and let them have those at their snack time. They won’t feel like you are punishing them with all the healthy food in the house. You can wean them gradually off of these unhealthy snacks as you do more real cooking and baking at home!
One more suggestion is to explain to your children that we are stewards of our bodies and that you as the mom have the job to not only feed and take care of yourself but also to feed and take care of your family. It is your job to oversee what they put in to their bodies because God has given you the responsibility of taking care of them.
I will be praying for all of you as you go on this bread of life adventure. It is an eye-opening and amazing way to live. After you and your family get used to it you will never go back to throwing junk in your trunk!!!
Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. Genesis 9:3 NIV